England v Austria

Walton High students were very fortunate to receive a visit from England and Notts County Captain Laura Bassett before the Easter break. Laura was in Milton Keynes as England Ladies faced Austria at MK Dons’ Stadium MK on the 10th April, a game they won 3-0.

Laura helped to lead a coaching session alongside our own keen footballer Miss South. The students included members of the U13’s team, who this season won the local round of the EFL girls cup and then represented the MK Dons in getting to the quarter finals of the Regional EFL Girls Cup. She then answered questions from the girls and made time for photographs and autograph signing.

Charlotte South PE Teacher said, “Girls’ football at Walton High has continued to grow over the past five years and as a result we currently have teams across every age group from years 7 – 11. Girls arriving in year 7 are showing a greater interest, enjoyment and commitment to the sport than ever before. On behalf of the students and myself we have been privileged to have such an elite player like Laura Bassett visit the school. It has been an amazing experience for them and one they will not forget. This is the first-time students at Walton High have had the chance to meet an England Player and to get the opportunity to ask questions about Laura’s career, thereby inspiring them to look forward into their own futures. A huge thank you to Laura and the FA for organising and allowing us to be part of such a memorable event.”

Laura Bassett said, “It is always so good to get out and meet the talented young footballers of the future. Events like this are really important to us as footballers as you get a sense of how much the women’s game is growing and how the support for the Lionesses is increasing.  We are keen to pay back all the amazing support the fans have shown with a secure win against Austria at Stadium MK on April 10th.”

A huge congratulation to the Lionesses on their 3-0 win against Austria, it puts them in great stead for this summer’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 finals.

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